Commander David Bentley joined the RAF in
1981 as an Airframe/Propulsion Apprentice and,
following 3 years of training at RAF Halton,
he graduated from his course as �Highest in
Overall Order of Merit�, and was posted to
RAF Wittering working on the Harrier GR3.
In 1985, he was selected for
commissioning into the General Duties (Pilot)
In 1988, he was posted to 14 Sqn at RAF Bruggen, Germany,
flying the Tornado GR1 in the strike/attack
1991, he returned to the UK as a Tactics
Instructor on 79 Sqn flying the Hawk TMK1A at
RAF Brawdy, where the Sqn provided refresher
training to senior officers returning to
With the closure of Brawdy in 1992, he
was posted to 74 Sqn at RAF Valley still
flying the Hawk.
In early 1993, he successfully
completed the Hawk Qualified Weapons
Instructors Course at RAF Chivenor and
returned to 74 Sqn.
In 1994, he was the RAF Valley Solo Hawk Display
Pilot completing 30-plus displays throughout the
UK and Europe.
He returned to RAF Br�ggen in 1995, once
again flying the Tornado GR1, this time with IX
Sqn in the ground attack/SEAD role.
One year into that tour he was promoted
to Sqn Ldr and posted as a Flt Cdr to 31 Sqn,
still at RAF Bruggen; this being via a 4-month
tour as the Mission Director on Op Northern
Watch at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
He completed his Flt Cdr tour at the end
of 1998, and returned to England to become the
Air-to-Ground Weapons Specialist within the Air
Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington.
was promoted to Wg Cdr in Apr 01, and assumed
command of the RAF�s Flying Training
Development Wing at RAF Halton.
In Feb 03, he deployed to PSAB, Saudi
Arabia in support of Op Iraqi Freedom where he
was the Assistant Chief of Staff for all UK Air
In Apr 04, he took command of 19(R) Sqn
at RAF Valley, responsible for conducting the
RAF�s Tactical Weapons training on the Hawk
has just short of 3,000 hours on fast jets and
has amassed nearly 22 months on operational
deployments to the Middle East in Bahrain, Saudi
Arabia and Turkey.
He has been awarded the Gulf War Medal,
the Air Operations Iraq Medal and the Op TELIC
Medal. He is married with 2 children and his interests include most
sports, visiting historical properties and
restoring a period property..